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John Clay Brown
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Birth: Dec. 3, 1833
Bedford
Lawrence County
Indiana, USA
Death: Apr. 6, 1870
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA

John Clay BROWN: born 3 DEC 1883, in Bedford, IN (Nolan), died 6 APR 1870, first prosecuting attorney of Colorado City; Sand Creek massacre veteran; military marker at Fairview Cemetery (block A2, lot 45, plot NE) reads SGT. CO G 3 COLO. CAV.; had son named E.A. Brown.

John Clay Brown attended Iowa Wesleyan University where he graduated with a law degree in 1860. He met his future wife Alvira Ann there also and the couple wed in 1862.

About two years later Brown contracted tuberculosis which prompted the family to move to Colorado in hope that the high altitude and dry climate could clear up the condition. The Browns and another couple arrived in Denver in 1864 ahead of the wagon train that they were traveling with. This turned out to be a stroke of good fortune as their wagon train was attacked by hostile Indians and all of its members killed.

The Browns settled in Colorado City, Colorado and Brown became the town's first attorney and helped in its incorporation. Brown enlisted in the 3rd Regiment Colorado Calvary, a 100-day army, under the command of Colonel John Chivington. This company, along with soldiers from the 1st Regiment, was present and fighting at the Battle of Sand Creek, later to become known as the Sand Creek Massacre.

At the end of his 100 day commitment the Browns moved south near Fountain, CO. Alvira bore a son, Edward in 1867 and a daughter, Mary, the next year. By this time Brown was serving as a prosecuting attorney both El Paso and Huerfano counties.

In 1868 John Brown became one of the trustees for Fountain College in Colorado City under founder and Professor Wray Beattie. Fountain College, however, failed before it really started due to the ill heath of its most active promoter, Professor Beattie.

The tuberculosis that John had been suffering with finally claimed him in 1870 and he was buried in Mesa Cemetery (now Pioneer Park) in Colorado Springs. There is also another marker for John C. Brown at Fairview Cemetery in Colorado Springs but according to the book "Here Lies Colorado Springs", Brown's family claims that his remains were never moved there from Mesa Cemetery even after it was converted to a neighborhood Park.


The information in this article was found in Here Lies Colorado Springs by Denise Oldach and Memories of a Lifetime in the Pikes Peak Region by Irving Howbert.
 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Alvira Ann Young Finley (1840 - 1931)
 
 Children:
  Mary Brown Barnes (1868 - 1904)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mesa Cemetery
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
 
Created by: Ron West
Record added: Feb 21, 2011
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John Clay Brown
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John Clay Brown
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John Clay Brown
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